RDP #42: Groove

Werkhofstrasse Solothurn, Road Repairs 22.07 (4)

“It is summer men, so time to groove again” and they begin to groove. I am sure this is the sentence uttered by the boss of the street repair men as soon as the temperatures are rising and the tourists are flocking into Switzerland. If there is a road that has not been repaired or resurfaced since last year, then it would be worth doing of course, perhaps even doing it again.

The photo was taken this week, on Monday, as we were on our way to the supermarket. Nothing completely different, because it is summer and time to groove. The machines were in place and the men, dressed in their groovy orange overalls, had already taken the first steps of redirecting the traffic. What will they be doing is the great question? I am sure I will have time to discover it all with my camera during the shopping trips of the next two months.

It was only last year in almost the same place, that they were doing the same thing.

Road to Langendorf 11.08 (11)

They dug their holes, measured everything and note the precision of the man on the left as he was measuring the depth of the hole. This all took place on the Werkhofstrasse in Solothurn and now they are back. It seems our road repair teams have buried something important and must now re-open the road to see if they can find it again. Or perhaps it is really just a new road surface. The last surface has now been wheeled over for a year and does not look as nice as it was.

I feel sorry for the tourists wanting to explore the beautiful scenery that Switzerland has to offer, especially in Summer: our mountains (with detours everywhere due to road repairs), our lakes (where entry is prohibited due to road works) and of course our famous cows (only to be seen during the night because they are in the way of the builders during the day). On the other hand the tourists have a lot of time to marvel the mountain peaks, from afar of course. They are stuck in traffic jams for hours on end until the next three or four road repair traffic lights change to green.

Of course they can always listen to some groove music while they are waiting.

By the way this piece of Alphorn music is the “Moos-Ruef” written by a good friend of ours and super Alphorn player, Hans-Jürg Sommer.

RDP #42: Groove

8 thoughts on “RDP #42: Groove

  1. A very atmospheric piece of music. All those roadworks would be enough to drive you mad.

    We have a lot of roadworks in Summer too. They re-surfaced our street when it was 40c so the asphalt didn’t stick. Just ended up all over our cars and so the re-surfacing had to be done again.

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    • Our roads get damaged through the ice during the Winter and so in Spring they have to fill in the grooves from the ice. Repairs are one thing, but when they decide to change the traffic circulation I am not so happy with all the detours. 2 years ago they spent half a year renewing the local main road. As we live at the end of the village it was no problem for us, but those at the beginnig had to do a detour up a local mountain.

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  2. They say — WE say — that we have only two seasons in New England: Winter and Road Repair. After a while, you are afraid to go anywhere. Our exit from the main road is currently closed and has been for a couple of weeks. We live in hope of it reopening sometime in our future, but who knows?

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    • Sounds like here. In Winter the damage is done and the rest of the year they decide to repair it all. This particular road was repaired last year, I have a series of photos to prove it and now they are doing it again.

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    • Actually producing a sound out of the Alphorn is not easy. Mr. Swiss can do it, he has the trick, although he is not a player. We have a young lady in our village that is quite well known and plays some jazzy stuff on the Alphorn. The author of this piece played guitar with Mr. Swiss some years ago in a group. He made his way, became a music teacher and somewhere along the line began with the Alphorn. He wrote a few pieces for the horn, but this particular piece got very popular and it quite well known

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  3. Talking of the famous cows. I was quite taken aback once when I was stranded in the middle of a road while a horde of them streamed around my car. They kept their heads down while they walked, otherwise one might have stuck a head into the car. If I had a camera with me (those were the days when you didn’t always have one with you) it would have made for an interesting picture.

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    • The big events of the year in the mountain regions is when they have the climb up to the alps in Spring and the return to the lowlands with the cows in Autumn. They decorated the cows with flowers and stuff in the horns and there is usually a big procession.

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